Charlize Theron Confirms Atomic Blonde 2 Is Coming To Netflix
Charlize Theron has seemingly confirmed that Atomic Blonde 2 is currently in development at Netflix. Atomic Blonde hit theatres in 2017, where it was met with a warm reception from critics and audiences alike. The film currently sits at a fresh 78 percent critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a heaping of praise directed at Theron’s performance. Atomic Blonde was also a financial success, grossing $100 million worldwide against a budget of just $30 million and is even considered by many to be one of the best action films of the decade.
The comic book adaptation ends on a blatant sequel-baiting note, and given how popular it became on day one it seems like just a matter of time before a follow-up is officially announced. However, before then the Academy Award-winning actress has another action-orientated sequel in the works, with Theron confirming that Atomic Blonde 2 is now in active development.
During an interview for The Old Guard, Total Film asked Theron about the long-awaited sequel to Atomic Blonde. The actress cut straight to the chase by confirming that the script for the film is currently being written, and that the idea has already been taken to the executives at Netflix.
“We took [Atomic Blonde 2] to them and Scott Stuber [Head of Original Films at Netflix] was really interested in it,”
“We talked to him about it extensively, and we’re in the process of writing it right now. That character was set up in a way where she didn’t really reveal much of herself. So I feel like there’s a lot of potential there. The bar’s pretty high, but we’re excited about it.”
“We went into this talking about [a sequel] as a possibility, and it’s definitely something that excites us.”
It sounds like Atomic Blonde 2 is moving right along at Netflix, and the chances of it happening will probably get even better after this weekend. The Old Guard has been a major hit with critics ahead of its debut. Gina Prince-Bythewood’s new film is one of the only real summer blockbuster movies we’re going to get in 2020, so it will likely turn into a sizeable hit for the streaming service. Success for one Charlize Theron action franchise probably means success for another.
In recent years, Theron has shifted gears in her lauded career to take on a considerable amount of action films, such as Mad Max: Fury Road, The Fate of the Furious, and The Old Guard, which recently made its debut on Netflix. As for the Atomic Blonde sequel, Leitch, who may return for the second installment, has previously stated that he had “lots of ideas” for an Atomic Blonde 2. Given the success of The Old Guard on the streaming service, Atomic Blonde 2 could succeed on Netflix, especially if Leitch returns to direct.
Atomic Blonde was a pleasant surprise when it hit theatres, delivering a slick, well-made action thriller with terrific set pieces and a magnetic performance from Theron in the lead. The character was ripe with various possibilities for further adventures, and it’s encouraging to hear that a sequel is in fact on the way. It’s also a plus that Theron’s character may be getting more development in the sequel, which could help add more three-dimensionality to Lorraine. However, in terms of the action sequences, it’s going to be tough for Theron and company to top scenes like the stairwell fight scene from the first film. While this isn’t an official confirmation that Atomic Blonde 2 is heading to Netflix, it continues to look like that is what will happen with the sequel.